Aberdeen council could be set to ditch use of plastic drinking straws

Councillors agreed that plastic straws should be removed from drinks sold at schools where possible.
Councillors agreed that plastic straws should be removed from drinks sold at schools where possible.

Aberdeen council chiefs are to carry out an audit of services as part of a national campaign to ban the use of plastic drinking straws.

It was also agreed by councillors that plastic straws should be removed from drinks sold at schools where possible.

During the full Aberdeen City Council meeting, members discussed the Final Straw campaign and agreed the council’s commercial and procurement service should carry out a review across services to identify where plastic straws are in use.

Councillor Philip Bell, convener of the council’s zero waste management sub committee, said: “The extent of use of plastic drinking straws is at this stage unknown and an audit across services will determine current usage. The findings of this audit will inform the steps we as an organisation needs to take as we aim to move towards becoming plastic straw-free.”

There will also be consultation with groups following concerns from disability advocacy groups that some disabled people require a flexible drinking straw and many non-plastic alternatives are not suitable.

An updated report will go before councillors at a later date.

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